VFW Awards Essay Competition Winner

 

Jayna Smith

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Pastor Bobby Oliver of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9779 has announced that Jonna Travis is this year’s winner of the local Voice of Democracy competition. 

Every year, local students take part in the VFW-sponsored VOD youth essay competitions, an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9 through 12, and Patriot’s Pen for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  

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Whats Up, Calais?

 

Jayna Smith

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Congratulations to Eastern Maine Appliances and the Smith family, celebrating 50 years in business this month!  

The Milltown skating rink has already had a good amount of use since being set up recently.  Thanks to Craig at the Calais Rec. Department for making this happen each year.

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Calais City Council

 

Jayna Smith

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On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the Calais City Council met for its regular meeting, with Mayor Artie Mingo presiding over Councilors Mike Sherrard, Marcia Rogers, Elery Beale, Bill Quinn, and James Macdonald.  Councilor Kevin Niles was absent from the meeting.

What follows is a brief summary of the meeting, with the full meeting available for viewing on the City of Calais’s Facebook page.

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DECH New Year’s Baby

 

The first baby born at Downeast Community Hospital in 2024 arrived at 6:02 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.  Pierce Pineo, third son of Colin and Karmen Pineo, of Jonesboro, weighed 9 pounds, one ounce and was 21 inches long.  Pierce is little brother to five-year-old Bently and two-year-old Kiegan.  The basket presented to the family was filled with items from the DECH Auxiliary Gift Shop, gift cards from local businesses, and a handmade blanket crocheted by Kay Richmond.  (DECH photo)

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Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund Forges Partnership with Indiana Mad Ants for Charity Game Event

 

Jayna Smith

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The Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund, a locally renowned tribute to the late Brendan Leddy, who passed away in 2021, is dedicated to honoring his memory through community contributions. Brendan, a passionate skateboarder, military veteran, and integral member of the Calais Skatepark Committee, left a lasting impact on many.

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Maine Faces Back-to-Back Storm Fury: Record High Tide and 60 mph Winds Wreak Havoc

 

Jayna Smith

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In the aftermath of a potent storm that battered the Maine coast earlier in the week, the state faced another assault from heavy winds and rain on Saturday, January 13, 2023.

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Down East Hospice Volunteers Announce Quilt Raffle Winner

 

Mary Ann O’Brien of Calais was the winner of the Ohio Star quilt raffle for 2023. The quilt was created and donated by Brenda Lang of Skowhegan. The finish quilting was done by Ginny Sirois of Norridgewock.  

DEHV wishes to thank everyone who helped make the fundraising event successful. 

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Washington County Hospitals Soon to Offer Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screenings

 

Down East Community and Calais Community Hospitals are proud to announce that both facilities will begin offering low-dose lung cancer screenings in February.

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Local Woman Seeks Community Help to Save Beloved Boston Terrier

 

Jayna Smith

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Calais resident Christina Holloway is reaching out to the community for assistance in saving her two-year-old Boston Terrier Harlem.  Holloway, who has undergone four back surgeries and faces another one next month, is currently unable to walk or sit up.  Despite her challenges, Harlem remains a constant source of comfort and motivation for Holloway.

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WCCC Helping to Address Local Officer Shortage

 

Will Tuell

It’s a common refrain in law enforcement circles that the number of applicants for open police and corrections officer positions is dwindling while the demand for qualified officers continues to rise. Whether it’s the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, any one of Downeast Maine’s small-town police departments, or state law enforcement agencies, the demand for officers is high while interest is sagging. 

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